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Professional Development Discussion & Book Club

Fall 2014 Book Club

Please join us as we examine

The New Jim Crow:

Mass Incarcerations in the Age of Colorblindness

By:  Michelle Alexander

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“Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow is the secular bible for a new social movement in early twenty-first-century America...The New Jim Crow is an instant classic because it captures the emerging spirit of our age. For too long, there has been no mass fight back against the multileveled assault on poor and vulnerable people, despite the heroic work of intellectual freedom fighters...Yet the sleepwalking is slowly but surely coming to a close as more and more fellow citizens realize that the iron cage they inhabit - maybe even a golden cage for the affluent - is still a form of bondage. The New Jim Crow is a grand wake-up call in the midst of a long slumber of indifference to the poor and vulnerable. This indifference promotes a superficial ethic of success - money, fame, and pleasure - that leaves too many well-adjusted to injustice.”

                         Cornel West, “Foreword” in The New Jim Crow

Anyone is welcome to join us for causal discussions.

Book Club will meet monthly, Fridays September 5, October 3, November 7

and December 5, 10-11:30 am in the Provost Conference Room

(Rendleman Hall, Room 3102)

Facilitators:  Dr. Sandra E. Weissinger (, Sociology) and

Dr. Venessa Brown (, Associate Provost)

Please reserve your spot before September 2, 2014

[Space is limited to 10 persons, so respond soon]

If you would like more information on the book club please contact:

Dr. Venessa Brown at or call ext. 5382.

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